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Brian Pallister, leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba, heads back to his office in the Legislative building after introducing five nominees for MLA (from left); Audrey Gordon (Southdale), Jasmine Brar (Burrows), Susan Boulter (River Heights), Aman Sandhu (The Maples), Nancy Cooke (Fort Garry) Friday afternoon on the south grounds of the Manitoba Legislature.

Campaign could start today: Regardless of when the provincial election begins, the next legislative assembly will likely be the most diverse in Manitoba’s history. Jessica Botelho-Urbanski reports. READ MORE

Bendy buses: The union representing Winnipeg Transit drivers say some members are being scheduled to drive articulated buses despite not being trained to do so, while the city says training will be provided beforehand, as always. On Saturday, the city implemented new rules for how drivers’ schedules are decided. Caitlyn Gowriluk reports. READ MORE


Your forecast: Increasingly cloudy with a 30 per cent chance of showers from late this afternoon until Tuesday morning, a high of 21 C and winds at 10 km/h.

What’s happening today

In this undated photo provided by the Deese family of Chynna Deese, 23-year-old Australian Lucas Fowler, left, and his 24-year-old American girlfriend Chynna Deese pose for a selfie. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Deese Family via AP

Announcing autopsy results: RCMP are expected to release more information about the deaths of two young men, believed to be murder suspects, in northern Manitoba. Meanwhile, the sister of one of the victims in the case says the father of one of the suspects isn’t accepting his share of responsibility. Maggie Macintosh reports. READ MORE

Kinew on Concordia: Manitoba NDP Leader Wab Kinew will be making a health-care announcement near Concordia Hospital this morning. Meanwhile, the Liberals announced their arts-and-culture plan Sunday. Caitlyn Gowriluk reports. READ MORE

Hong Kong’s airport closed: All flights at Hong Kong’s airport, one of the busiest in the world, have been cancelled after thousands of pro-democracy protesters entered the main terminal. The Associated Press reports. READ MORE

In case you missed it

The new owner of the Gregg Building has the full support of Heritage Winnipeg. Jay Knysh ‘is exactly who we want to own the building,‘ said executive director Cindy Tugwell.

Brick building: A vacant property in the Exchange District that dates back to 1902 is being developed into a mixed commercial-residential space. Solomon Israel reports. READ MORE

On this date

On Aug. 12, 2004: Even though construction wasn’t finished on the MTS Centre, dates were filling up with events; a special section was devoted to previewing the Athens Olympics; the Bombers, with new head coach Jim Daley and QB Khari Jones, were taking on the Edmonton Eskimos; and the city rejected offers of free demolition of Manitoba Cold Storage. READ MORE

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